Introduction: Value in health care is defined as the quotient of outcomes to cost. Both pediatric and adult spinal deformity surgeries are among the most expensive procedures offered today. With high variability in both outcomes and costs in spine surgery today, surgeons will be expected to consider long-term cost effectiveness when comparing treatment options. Methods: We summarize various methods by which value can be increased in complex spine surgery, both through the improvement of outcomes and the reduction of cost. These methods center around standardization, team-based and collaborative approaches, rigorous outcomes tracking through dashboards and registries, and continuous process improvement. Results: This manuscript reviews the expert opinion of leading spine specialists on the improvement of safety, quality and improvement of value of pediatric and adult spinal surgery. Conclusion: Without surgeon leadership in this arena, suboptimal solutions may result from the isolated intervention of regulatory bodies or payer groups. The cooperative development of standardized, team-based approaches in complex spine surgery will lead to the high-quality, high-value care for patients.
- Spine surgery
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine